May 2019 marks the beginning of a new milestone for me. Although good photography is largely about the skills of the photographer however there are a few other issues that need to be considered:
- Resale value of existing equipment – selling it before its worthless
- Ability to carry heavy DSLRs and space for travel
- New Features – focus peeking, zebras, dynamic range, and overall image quality
I feel Canon has not kept up with Sony and Nikon is not even in the running for me. I was unimpressed with my 5DSR in low light and my 5d IV lacks image sharpness due to lower MP and strong anti alias filters. I use both of these cameras for Landscape / Portrait / “non action” – and so for that type of work I have switched to Sony A7RIII.
I was planning to wait for the A7 IV but Sony is really pushing the market with deep discounts of about 30% off list. This likely will therefore be a learning and backup body some day within about a year. Thats OK.
On a recent trip in Florida I was still very impressed “action” 1DX II – keeper rate of incredible 95% for birds in flight, well beyond my friends Z7. So for action photography the Canon 1DX, 500F4, 100-400 stays for now. Time will tell. I am also planning to cut down on birding trips for a while and try the A7RIII with some birds on stick work.
So it’s going to be a long journey – with a very slow transition from Canon as equipment is sold off. Lots of great stuff available if anyones interested which I will post over time.
Right now the Sony menu layout generally gets poor reviews – but I am still on the fence – their approach is just very new and thus different. If anyone wants a settings reference spreadsheet in XLS format (I did not develop it). https://1drv.ms/x/s!AiCfwkPyFRx_gQJ22fIQ8Y5XX_VO?fbclid=IwAR3YHLDsjzGZdRAfJ1zIETdjVOdUCrYjyDPpINaL4qop08_e9QZ4reUllgo
Suggested settings by the guru’s Tony Northrup and Mark Galer have been noted within the file. The real issue is how to put it all together to make a functional camera in the field.